Derrynane House, home of Daniel O’Connell. The house has reopened to the public following a major refurbishment by the Office of Public Works.   Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The home of Daniel O’Connell in Derrynane on the Ring of Kerry has been officially opened to the public following a €1.25 million refurbishment by t(...)

Skellig Michael.  Star Wars filming may return to the Skelligs this year, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site. Photograph: David Sleator

Star Wars may return to Skellig Michael this autumn, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site as a film set. The (...)

 Stephen Hickey is restoring his three-bedroom Georgian townhouse in Dundalk and has been writing a blog about the process. Photograph:  Ciara Wilkinson.

The internal restoration work on a period house is arguably the most satisfying. Once the structural work is complete and an external repair and maint(...)

“The internal joinery is beautiful in this house”: James Kelly outside his home at 81 North King Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many owners of period homes realise they are only custodians of their houses, taking on the necessary upkeep to maintain the buildings to pass on t(...)

Scaffolding surrounds the 16th century O’Flaherty Castle on Ballynahinch Lake in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Management at the Connemara hotel owned by businessman Denis O’Brien says it has full authorisation for survey work currently being undertaken on a 16(...)

Caitriona Fisher outside her Victorian redbrick house in Ranelagh, which had an E1 energy rating before works began. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The whole area of energy efficiency in period houses is a touchy subject and the fact period homes are exempt from the Building Energy Rating (BER)(...)

New sonar images of the Lusitania have been produced by members of the Infomar (Integrated Mapping For the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource) team at the Geological Survey of Ireland and the National Monuments Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

New seabed imaging of the RMS Lusitania has been released ahead of the centenary of its sinking by torpedo on May 7th, 1915. The sonar images have bee(...)

Bernadette Manning at 65-66 Mountjoy Square, Dublin: “We had to pin the walls and floors back onto each house. The floors and staircases were slanting inwards on both houses and we needed a jack in the basement to lift the floors and staircases inch by inch over a year.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Technically, there is no such thing as a listed building in Ireland. Buildings of historic, architectural, cultural, scientific and artistic intere(...)

 Aodhán  Ó’Ríordáin, a Dublin Bay North deputy, is already a junior Minister at the Department of Justice and at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour TD and junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to be made Minister of State with responsibility for drugs, in addition to his existing roles.There(...)

Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. The airlink involves subsidising islanders’ use of three daily return flights to and from Inis Mór on weekdays and two return flights at weekends

Aran islanders have appealed to the Government to avert cutbacks to their air link which could jeopardise the economic viability of coastal communitie(...)